Labour and employment—Denmark—Q&A guide

The following Employment practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Labour and employment—Denmark—Q&A guide
  • 1. What are the main statutes and regulations relating to employment?
  • 2. Is there any law prohibiting discrimination or harassment in employment? If so, what categories are regulated under the law?
  • 3. What are the primary government agencies or other entities responsible for the enforcement of employment statutes and regulations?
  • 4. Is there any legislation mandating or allowing the establishment of employees’ representatives in the workplace?
  • 5. What are their powers?
  • 6. Are there any restrictions or prohibitions against background checks on applicants? Does it make a difference if an employer conducts its own checks or hires a third party?
  • 7. Are there any restrictions or prohibitions against requiring a medical examination as a condition of employment?
  • 8. Are there any restrictions or prohibitions against drug and alcohol testing of applicants?
  • 9. Are there any legal requirements to give preference in hiring to, or not to discriminate against, particular people or groups of people?
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Labour and employment—Denmark—Q&A guide

This Practice Note contains a jurisdiction-specific Q&A guide to labour and employment in Denmark published as part of the Lexology Getting the Deal Through series by Law Business Research (published: April 2020).

Authors: Norrbom Vinding—Yvonne Frederiksen

1. What are the main statutes and regulations relating to employment?

In Denmark, there is no general employment act covering all employees on the labour market. The employer-employee relationship is, therefore, governed by a mixture of statutes, collective agreements and individual employment contracts between the parties.

Danish employment regulation can be divided into two main categories: collective agreements and legislation on salaried employees (white-collar employees).

A large part of the Danish workforce is covered by a collective agreement. The collective agreements, which are concluded by trade unions and employer organisations, lay down terms of employment and pay, typically governing hours of work, minimum pay, notice periods, etc. As a result, employment conditions are to a wide extent regulated by collective agreement.

The Danish Salaried Employees Act covers a large number of employees in the private and public sectors, but only employees who are salaried employees within the meaning of the Act (white-collar employees). The Act provides salaried employees with certain minimum rights, including notice periods, termination pay, compensation for unfair dismissal and sickness absence.

In addition to the collective agreements and the Danish Salaried Employees Act, certain labour market conditions are

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